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Last Updated on October 13, 2020

It’s here: 2020 Amazon Prime Day is October 13 and 14!  If you’re like me, you already can’t wait to snap up some awesome Prime Day deals for travelers. 

Keep reading for the best Amazon Prime Day deals on gifts and gear for travel lovers. Plus I’ve got tips on how to get ready with a free 30-day Prime trial membership.

Be sure to bookmark this page or pin it for later.  I’ll post the best Prime Day travel deals here, as well as an exclusive link to my Prime Day Deals for Travelers list in my Amazon Shop — feel free to shop that list directly (click on the items to see their Prime Day pricing)!

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What is Amazon Prime Day?

Typically, Prime Day happens in mid-July, a sort of summer shopping frenzy for deal lovers.  It’s a great way to plan ahead and save on favorite travel gear and gifts for travelers.

For 2020, Prime Day was delayed and is now scheduled for Tuesday & Wednesday October 13 and 14.  It officially begins at 12 midnight on October 13 (3am Eastern).  This means we’re basically kicking off the holiday shopping season 6 weeks early!  This year Amazon will be highlighting small business sellers and advance deals as well as regular Prime Day deals.


Do I Need to Have Amazon Prime to Get the Deals?

Yes, but luckily, you can sign up for a free 30-day Amazon Prime Trial and take advantage of all the Prime Day deals! Just be sure to cancel before the end of the trial, unless you decide to keep the membership (which renews on an annual basis for regular memberships).  

Special Deal for College Students: Get a FREE 6-month Prime Student Trial, then pay half price each month. 

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Who’s ready for Prime Day???

Are Other Retailers Having Sales for Prime Day?

Yes!  This year, both Target and WalMart are having competing sales on the same days.  Target’s will run October 13 and 14 as Target Deal Days, and Walmart’s Big Save Event is October 11-15 starting at 7pm on the 11th.  Target’s deals will even include same-day delivery and store pickup on some items.  They’ll also feature early deals ahead of the sale.

I’ll keep an eye on other retailers like Target, Walmart, and B&H Photo for great deals for travelers, too.


How Does Amazon Prime Day Work?

Amazon has several different types of promotions for Prime Day.

  • Lightning Deals are promotions on specific items for a limited time – sometimes only for a few minutes until the item sells out! The purhase window for these items is staggered throughout the days of Prime Day. Follow the steps below to find out how to set alerts for Lightning Deals.
  • Spotlight Deals usually are on items with greater inventory, so there’s more of a chance you’ll be able to get these items. But if you see something you know you want, be sure to buy, since they can sell out at any time.
  • Gold Box Deals of the Day typically last 24 hours before being replaced by other promotions.

Steps to Get Ready for Prime Day

  1. Be sure you have an active Amazon Prime membership on October 13
  2. Download the Amazon app and go to “Settings>Notifications” to enable alerts
  3. Once Prime Day deals are active, you’ll be able to see current deals plus previews of upcoming deals in the Prime Day Portal
  4. Add Lightning Deals (limited-time items) to your wish list by clicking “watch this deal” to get an alert
  5. Bookmark or pin this article as well – I’ll be updating throughout the day with travel deals from Amazon, Target, and other retailers.  I’ll also save great Prime Day travel deals in a list at my Amazon shop here
  6. Buy your favorite items as the deals become available!

What Kind of 2020 Prime Day Travel Deals Can We Expect?

For the past few years, Amazon has had deals on electronics, laptops, luggage, headphones, packing cubes and aids, and travel gear like adapters, backpacks, and clothing.  They also have deals on Amazon brand items like Kindles, Echo speakers and their AmazonBasics line.

Here are some of the special promotions this Prime Day:


Best Prime Day Travel Deals

These are some of the best Prime Day deals on travel gear. Some deals below are still showing their regular price – click to see the special Prime Day pricing on Amazon. If you’re interested, be sure to buy soon since deals have the possibility of selling out!


Prime Day travel deals by special category


Past Deals and 2020 Best Early Prime Day Deals for Travelers

Below are some of last year’s Prime Day travel deals that still have good pricing, as well as some early 2020 Prime Day Deals on travel gear.  Be sure to grab some of these awesome early luggage deals if you need a new bag! Click the photos and blue links below to check prices and reviews on each item.

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Apple AirPods Pro

Apple’s AirPods Pro are already on sale for $199 — $50 off Apple’s list price. Both versions of the 2019 AirPods are also on sale: the model with the wireless charging case is $159, and the version with the wired charging case is $129.

DJ Mavic Mini

The Mavic Mini is DJI’s lightest and most portable drone to date. Weighing in at just 249 grams and with a 30-minute maximum flight time, Mavic Mini is a great drone for travelers. It’s currently $20 off but more deals might be coming!

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Beats Solo Wireless Noise-Cancelling Headphones

Several colors of the Beats Solo wireless noise-cancelling headphones are already on sale.  With active noise cancelling, Class 1 Bluetooth for extended range and fewer dropouts, and compatibility with iOS and Android, these are a great gift item for yourself or another travel lover on your gift lise!

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Osprey Porter 46 Travel Backpack

This 46L carry-on compliant backpack from Osprey is a favorite of adventure travelers around the world.  It’s also an awesome early Prime Day deal at more than 40% off!  It converts from a backpack to a duffel with hidden straps and has a protected rear panel lockable zip laptop/tablet sleeve for quick access at security or while traveling.  If you need a smaller pack, the 30L is still a good deal too.  There’s also a sale on the 65L pack.

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Samsonite Winfield 2 Hardside Carry-On 20-Inch Expandable Luggage with Spinner Wheels

If you’re in the market for a new hardside carry-on, this Samsonite 20” Winfield spinner is a great early Prime Day luggage deal, at already more than half off!  Maximize your packing power with a full-zip interior divider and cross straps to keep everything organized.  Plus it has a telescoping handle, multidirectional wheels and Samsonite’s 10-year warranty.

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Travelon Anti-Theft Bag

Every Prime Day, there’s usually an awesome deal on an anti-theft bag from Travelon (no joke, two years ago I scored one for $20!).  This cross-body Travelon bucket bag is already more than half off, but I’ll keep an eye out for even deeper discounts on the Travelon line for Prime Day travel deals.

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Columbia Women’s Peak to Park Insulated Jacket

Adventure travelers know that Columbia makes durable and functional clothing and gear.  Check out this great early Amazon Prime Day travel deal on a Columbia women’s winter jacket with water resistant Storm-Lite DP II fabric to keep you dry and protected. 

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Baggalini Tote Top Handle Bag

This Baggalini tote is already an amazing deal for a work tote or carry on with some colors almost 50% off.  It has a padded section for a 13-inch laptop, is water-resistant, and has a crossbody strap as well as top handles. Did I mention it fits over the handle of your rolling suitcase for hands-free travel?  (This is hands-down my favorite feature on carry-ons!)

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eBags Packing Cubes

Last Prime Day, Amazon featured a great deal on eBags packing cubes like this 6-piece set.  They might feature a similar deal for 2020, or discount their own brand of packing cubes. Either way, if you don’t have them or need to add to your collection, a great deal is probably on the way!

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Intex Explorer K2 Kayak, 2-Person Inflatable Kayak Set with Aluminum Oars and High Output Air Pump

Outdoor lovers will be excited about this early Prime Day travel gear deal – an Intex inflatable kayak already more than 25% off!  With two seats with inflatable backrests, heavy-duty puncture resistant vinyl, and great ratings, this is the perfect gift for an outdoor adventurer this holiday.

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Dansko Sandals

Dansko shoes are consistently rated some of the best shoes for comfort and travel. Check out this early Prime Day deal on Dansko Angela sandals if you have any warm-weather getaways planned later this winter.


Ready for the Best Prime Day Travel Deals? 

Remember to bookmark or pin this post and come back for more early deals, as well as updates throughout Amazon Prime Day and Target Deal Days on deals for travelers! Don’t forget to also complete all the prep steps above – click here to jump back up to the Prime Day instructions.


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I used to be a hot travel mess, but I got better! I kept the name and now blog my best tips for culture and adventure travel from around the globe. Follow along for travel advice, destination info, and photography from faraway lands - and at home in Washington, D.C.

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